Undergraduate and Graduate

A small research university with a major impact

Founded in 1887 as the first all-graduate institution in the country, Clark today is a renowned liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale.

With our small size, urban location, capacity for interdisciplinary learning, and emphasis on effective practice, we cultivate an environment uniquely supportive of students' interests and ambitions.

Students come to Clark with the passion to make a difference, and we honor that passion by engaging them intensely with the world in all its diversity and complexity, enabling them to become more globally aware, focused, and prepared to act.

The University

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Founded 1887
President David P. Angel

Enrollment—Fall 2013

Total degree-seeking undergraduates 2,277
  Men / women 42% / 58%
  International 12%
  ALANA (Asian-, Latino-, African-, and Native-American) 18%
  From out-of-state (includes international students) 66%
First-year students 621
  Average high school GPA 3.58
  Average critical reading / math SATs* 614 / 603
  Living in campus housing 96%
Average retention rate (first-year to sophomore; 5-year average) 89%
New fall-semester transfer students 42
Degree-seeking graduate students (full- and part-time) 1087

*Clark has implemented an SAT/ACT test optional policy for applicants.


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Average class size 21
Undergraduate majors 32
Most popular declared majors (includes double majors):  
  Psychology 18%
  Political Science 7%
  Biology 7%
  Business Management 6%
  International Development and Social Change 5%
Approximate % of undergraduates who participate in research 65%
Accelerated B.A./master's programs (fifth year tuition-free) 14
Master's degree programs 12
Dual master's degree programs 4
Ph.D. programs 8
Study abroad and away programs (34 countries)
Approximately one third of Clark students study abroad.


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Student/faculty ratio 10:1
Full-time instructional faculty 194
  Who teach undergraduates 100%
  Who hold doctoral or terminal degrees 96%

Student Life

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Percent of undergraduates living on campus 70%
Student clubs 130 approx.
Varsity sports (NCAA Division III) 17

Undergraduate Costs and Financial Aid

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Tuition $39,200
Room $4,170 - 7,520
Board $1,580 - 3,300
85% of undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance

Graduation and Beyond

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